Benjamin Richardson

Name: Benjamin Richardson Picture of Faculty/Staff Member
Alumni Of:
  • School of International Affairs
  • B.S. INTA 2001
Current Job: Director of Global Markets & Investments within Manufacturing and Industrial Base Policy

Benjamin Richardson is currently the Director of Global Markets and Investments within Manufacturing and Industrial Base Policy for the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics.  Within this role, he is also the lead for the Department of Defense on the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States; an interagency Committee led by Treasury that reviews potential national security concerns from foreign acquisitions of U.S. companies.  In addition, Benjamin is a Major in the United States Marine Corps Reserves and a Company Commander of a Counterintelligence/Human Intelligence Company.

How did Tech and the Nunn School help you get where you are?

To say the least, Georgia Tech is a hard school.  The faculty challenges you from many perspectives, which forces you to develop a sense of self-reliance. I’ve been placed in a number of challenging situations since leaving Tech and I’ve felt very prepared based on my experiences at Tech.

What advice you would give current students at Tech as well as the Sam Nunn School specifically?

Engage in as many internships, special programs, co-ops, etc. that you can participate.  There are so many great programs that Georgia Tech and the Sam Nunn School can connect students.  Those experiences will help you identify what you want to do with your career and also differentiate you from your peers. 

What is something that you got from studying INTA at Tech?

The Sam Nunn School provided me a solid basis to engage on equal footing with many of my peers on issues related to international affairs.  However, it’s the unique nature of the Georgia Tech curriculum and engagement with so many peers studying STEM subjects that make you unique.  Technology drives much of the international engagement today and studying INTA at Tech prepares you for those discussions.